In the Gedo region of Somalia, many families are forced to go to bed hungry as drought grips the area. More than 80pc of people rely on agriculture and pastoralism to support their livelihoods, but the absence of rain has left nearly half of the population, particularly children, in extreme hunger. The Ukraine war has also had a huge effect on communities as the price of food and fuel has increased.
Trócaire, in partnership with Somali Humanitarian Relief Action, are implementing a pilot project focusing on improving the livelihoods, nutrition and resilience of vulnerable IDPs in Gedo by growing a variety of vegetables (beans, kales, spinach, onions) intercropped with moringa trees.
Local people growing vegetables can help strengthen a country’s economy as well as increasing food security. It allows families to improve their nutrition and create a source of income.
Through the Trócaire project, Farhiya was given a piece of land where she is growing moringa trees and vegetables. After three months of farming, she harvested 15kgs of corn, 12kgs of beans, three sacks of spinach and two sacks of kale. She earned $189 from her produce.